OMG! Laredo invaded!!

Posted by: Phineas on August 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

This time (1), by a Mexican Army helicopter that got a wee bit lost:

A Mexican military helicopter landed Saturday afternoon at Laredo International Airport by mistake, said a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Mucia Dovalina, the uniform public affairs officer for the Laredo Port of Entry, said the helicopter landed about 3 p.m., but she couldn’t share details such as the number of occupants or whether they were armed.

Dovalina said that, following protocol, CBP officers checked out the helicopter’s occupants, then allowed them to return to Mexico in the aircraft.

“The only thing that I can tell you is that they did land here,” she said. “It was by mistake. They were processed and they were returned to Mexico.”

As the article points out, this isn’t the first time the Mexican Army has crossed the border. This time the incident seems far less suspicious; the Mexican government was concluding armed operations against the Zetas cartel in a region near the poorly demarcated border, and these chuckleheads just lost their bearings. No harm, no foul, and so CBP sent them home.

Besides, they should know that the only proper way is to sneak across at night, like everyone else does.

Footnote:
(1) Referring to last summer’s near-panic on the on Internet on reading rumors that ranches near Laredo had been taken over by the Zetas, rumors fed by shoddy journalism and bloggers who should have known better.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Coastal Eddie says:

    It must be difficult when you can fly a helicopter and not be able to navigate by any means at all. This story is total BS, perhaps it was just a test flight to see what the reaction would be.

  2. Kate says:

    I don’t think I would go back to Mexico in a helicopter with a pilot who didn’t even know where he was!!!

    Could you call this an invasion of the inept????

    Perhaps this was a test mission by the cartel to see what kind of reception they would get if they tried this method of entry to the USA? Imagine them having trucks standing by to pick up the drugs that land here and there near the border!

    I hope the border patrol thinks outside of this box.

  3. Roy Rogers says:

    Having spent years in Yuma, AZ, and having participated in many helo ops, I can say with certainty that it happens. From a chopper, the ground and the mountains are all the same dull grey brown. You always have a “sense” where you need to go and visual heading often times trumps equipment displays, when your point of reference is that bare rocky desert mountain in the distance to the left or to the right.

  4. captaingrumpy says:

    In the desert ,anything can happen…and does

  5. Aarradin says:

    I have no problem with this at all.

    Thank them for helping patrol the border. Encourage them to use live ammunition. Offer to fill up their gas tank, buy them a steak dinner and send them on their way.

    If you disagree: consider what how you would like the Mexican government to react when its our border patrol caught accidentally on the wrong side of the border. Because that happens too, and will continue to happen from time to time.